The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked that the Union Health Ministry take strong action against yoga guru Baba Ramdev for allegedly misinforming people by making “unlearned statements” against modern medicine in the midst of the existing COVID-19 outbreak. The physicians’ group has reportedly vowed to sue the government if action is not taken against Ramdev.
“The Union health minister either accept accusation and dissolve modern medical facility or prosecute him and book him under Epidemic Diseases Act,” the IMA said in a strongly-worded statement. It further alleged that Ramdev’s statements are “a threat to the literate society of the country as well as to the poor people falling prey to him”.
The IMA mentioned a recent video that was circulating on social media in which Ramdev was heard stating,
“allopathy ek aisi stupid aur diwalilya science hai… (allopathy is such a stupid science)”.
“In this address, he (Ramdev) had further claimed that Remdesivir, Faviflu, and all other approved drugs by DCGI have failed and stated that ‘lakho logo ki maut allopathy ki dawai khanse se hui hai’ (lakhs of people have died after taking allopathic medicines), challenging the wisdom and integrity of DCGI and the head of all these, our honourable health minister,” the statement said.
“Therefore, under Section 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act with section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, Ramdev deserves to be prosecuted for disobeying and causing danger to the life of many by making them believe and make them not to take the advice of allopathy drugs,”
According to the IMA, the yoga guru’s comment regarding Favipiravir as a fever/antipyretic drug is hilarious, infantile, and exhibits his in-depth scientific understanding.
“Enough is enough,” stated the physicians’ body, emphasising that more than 1,200 modern medicine allopathic physicians have already given their lives in the COVID battle.
It was said that Ramdev is attempting to exploit the situation by instilling fear and discontent among the general public.
“The healthcare of the country should be handled by a professional in a professional way. Treating unscientific literacy with deaf ears and blind eyes is hardly professionalism,”
The IMA conluded, taking a dig at Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.